A 1500m ascent to the summit of Mt Bogong (1986m) provides excellent alpine views and a pretty decent workout!
Mt Bogong is Victoria’s highest mountain at 1986m of elevation, and is apparently Australia’s highest freestanding mountain. There’s no road to the top, so if you want to summit the mountain and see the excellent views you have to climb it from the bottom, a satisfying 1500m ascent along a well marked track up either the Staircase Spur or Eskdale Spur.
The initial section of the walk from Mountain Creek camping area passes through attractive tall forest. Once above the treeline there are extensive views over distant hills, and the alpine and sub-alpine scenery of the mountain itself is also very nice. This includes some fire damaged areas on Eskdale Spur that have their own interesting aesthetic. I found climbing Staircase Spur and descending via Eskdale Spur to be a worthwhile circuit, although the final few kilometres along the Mountain Creek Track (a vehicle trail) were a bit tiring at the end of a long hot day in mid summer. Track notes at the end.
Mt Bogong ascent: The Scenery
A place to eat in town
And as an aside, a colleague’s sister runs the restaurant Flour and Water in Tawonga/Mt Beauty (at least as at January 2019), and we very much enjoyed our two dinners there, particular after finishing this walk. The servings were so big that I felt I had conquered two mountains that day, one being a mountain of food.
The route is pretty straightforward, and can be seen in the below map, which was situated at the beginning of the ascent up Staircase Spur. There are also track notes on Trail Hiking Australia, and info on the Parks Victoria website.